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The Nearness of You Book Review

The Nearness of You by Dorothy Garlock

Publication Date: July 11, 2017

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Source:  Library

Synopsis : New York City. The hustle and bustle. The people and the excitement. It’s all Lily Denton dreams about. But ever since her mother died, her overprotective father won’t ease up on her. So she spends her days working at the library and her nights hoping life doesn’t pass her by . . . until the Fall Festival. As tourists fill the streets, the crisp autumn air sneaks in-as does the thrill of a far more dangerous kind.

Some men have a gift for avoiding trouble. Professional photographer Boone Tatum isn’t one of them. In fact, that penchant for trouble is exactly what landed Boone in this small town in the middle of nowhere in the first place. Yet the moment he meets beautiful Lily Denton and snaps her photograph, everything changes. Suddenly leaving is the furthest thing from Boone’s mind-or his heart.

But danger has slipped silently into this sleepy town, marking Lily as its own. And Lily and Boone’s dream of a life together is thrown into peril-unless Lily finds the courage to stand up for herself and a man she only just met . . . and can’t live without.

Personal Thoughts: It’s been a while since I’ve read a Dorothy Garlock book but I always look forward to them and enjoy reading her work. This one is no different. It starts with two girls trying to leave their small town in the middle of nowhere USA. For whatever reason, one of the girls, Lily, has a change of heart and bails at the last minute. From there starts a journey that proves that Lily made the right decision to stay behind.

A few days after her decision, she meets Boone, a photographer that works for Life Magazine, taking a photograph of her and her world tilts on its axis. As each day passes and he cover the festival that happens every year, Boone gets to know Lily and a relationship starts to bloom, but not without trouble lurking in the background.

Overall a great read with wonderful characters that pull you into the story and keeps you entertained. Definitely worth the read.

Rating : 4/5 Stars

Secret Sisters Book Review

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Secret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz

Publication Date: December 8, 2015

Publisher: Berkley

Source: Library

Synopsis:  No one does romantic suspense better than Jayne Ann Krentz. Now, the New York Times bestselling author of Trust No One andRiver Road delivers a novel that twists and turns into a read that will leave you breathless.
Madeline and Daphne were once as close as sisters—until a secret tore them apart. Now it might take them to their graves.

They knew his name, the man who tried to brutally attack twelve-year-old Madeline in her grandmother’s hotel. They thought they knew his fate. He wouldn’t be bothering them anymore…ever. Still their lives would never be the same.
Madeline has returned to Washington after her grandmother’s mysterious death. And at the old, abandoned hotel—a place she never wanted to see again—a dying man’s last words convey a warning: the secrets she and Daphne believed buried forever have been discovered.
Now, after almost two decades, Madeline and Daphne will be reunited in friendship and in fear. Unable to trust the local police, Madeline summons Jack Rayner, the hotel chain’s new security expert. Despite the secrets and mysteries that surround him, Jack is the only one she trusts…and wants.
Jack is no good at relationships but he does possess a specific skill set that includes a profoundly intimate understanding of warped and dangerous minds. With the assistance of Jack’s brother, Abe, a high-tech magician, the four of them will form an uneasy alliance against a killer who will stop at nothing to hide the truth…

Personal Thoughts: In the latest Krentz novel, we are taken on to a place where the past is best left alone and not talked about. Madeline has returned to Washington after her grandmother’s mysterious death and finds out that the secret that she and Daphne have kept buried is no longer a secret. Without a choice, she and Daphne are brought back together both in friendship and in fear of the past. It’s unfortunate that she cannot trust the local cops due to the past, so she turns to the hotel’s new security expert, Jack.

He is no ordinary man and has many hidden talents. He brings in his brother Abe to help out when things start to get murky and dangerous. There is no one else that he could trust more. As the four of them begin to delve deeper into the mystery of what happened all of those years ago, there is no turning back.

Overall, this was a great read and I loved the banter between Jack and Madeline. Their characters were done really well and made the storyline that much more likeable. I’d recommend this to fans of Jayne Ann Krentz as it will not disappoint.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Breathe, Annie, Breathe Book Review

16045306Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally

Publication date: July 15, 2014

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Source: Library

Synopsis: Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.

But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.

Personal Thoughts: Where to start on  my thoughts about this book? I loved this book right from the first couple of pages that I read. The way that it was written and the topics itself were done in a different way than I normally read so I deep dived and finished it in a span of a couple of days. If it was the weekend I would have read it in one sitting.

Kenneally does a great job describing the struggles that Annie has to deal with. Not only of losing someone close to her, coming to terms with the loss, college and a boy that she might or might not admit to liking. The daily struggles of her journey to run a marathon, especially when she hates running in general,  really interested me as it gave me an inside look into a runners life and that its not all above the glory. It takes lots of time, effort and motivation not to give up. There wasn’t one moment that I was reading this book where I was bored or not interested. The characters both main and secondary grabbed and pulled at my heart and gave me the fuzzies. 🙂

Overall an easy read that gives you a perspective into running and the struggles of trying to balance things. Another great read by Miranda Kenneally. 🙂

Rating: 5/5 stars

Christmas in Mustang Creek Book Review

20579278Christmas in Mustang Creek by Linda Lael Miller

Publication Date: September 29, 2015

Publisher: HQN Books

Source: Library

Synopsis: Charlotte Morgan grew up in Mustang Creek, Wyoming, and couldn’t wait to escape to the big city. But life in New York isn’t as fabulous as she’d like to admit. she’s lonely, doing a job she doesn’t love and dating too many frogs she meets online.

Personal Thoughts: Charlotte aka Charlie who lives in the big city and has a career in advertising meets her boyfriend Jaxon there, however, things don’t work out as he wants the small town life and she wants the big city life, so they go their separate lives.

Things take a different turn when Charlie gets laid off and heads home to Mustang Creek, where her aunt Geneva is ill. Moving back into her childhood home brings back a lot of memories and it doesn’t help when she finds out that her ex boyfriend (Jaxon) is the new veterinarian in town. With a little help from her aunt, resident Mrs. Klozz, a few animals and Jaxon’s charming self, Charlie starts to ponder if maybe second chances do exist and if small town life might be for her after all.

This story is a perfect read to get you into the holiday mood. The characters are fresh, the familiar ones from previous books are mentioned, and the light romance is just right. I’d highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the author and who needs a little pick me up before the Christmas holiday season.

Rating : 4/5 Stars

Fast Track Book Review

Fast Track by Julie Garwood

Publication Date: July 24 , 2014

Publisher: Dutton

Source: Library

Synopsis (Goodreads): A corrupt congressman, a mother’s secrets, and a sizzling romance ignite passion and suspense in the new novel from #1New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood.

Cordelia Kane has always been a daddy’s girl—her father raised her alone after her mother died in a car crash when Cordelia was just two years old. So when he has a serious heart attack, Cordelia is devastated, and the emotion is only intensified by the confusion she feels when he reveals the shocking truth about her mother.

Cordelia can’t suppress her curiosity about the woman who gave birth to her, and when she discovers the answers to her questions lie in Sydney, Australia, she travels there to get them.

Hotel magnate Aiden Madison is Cordelia’s best friend’s older brother. He’s oblivious to the fact that she’s had a crush on him for years. When he gets railroaded into taking her along to Sydney on his company jet, he unknowingly puts her life at risk. He’s recently angered a powerful congressman by refusing to purchase overvalued land. Congressman Chambers is not a man to let such an offense slide, and he has the resources to get even and to get what he wants.

In Australia sparks are flying between Cordelia and Aiden, but multiple attempts on Aiden’s life are made while Cordelia is with him, and he realizes he must put a stop to the madness before he loses the thing he values most.

Personal Thoughts: Julie Garwood does a fabulous job once again with the newest book in the series. Cordelia’s life gets turned upside down when she finds out from her father (on his death bed) that her mother has been alive all this time and is not dead as previously mentioned. After receiving this shocking news, a chain reaction begins with her trying to change her life and become someone else. First step of business? Go and see her mother in Australia.

Second step of business? Get over her long time crush on Aiden(her best friends brother). However, as time passes by she realizes that it won’t be as easy as she thought it would be originally. It becomes even harder after a scorching kiss from Aiden and when he starts to notice her.

After visiting her mother and seeing just what kind of person she really is and the real reason Cordelia was told all her life that she doesn’t exist starts to make sense. It was just heartbreaking to read that a mother can do something like that to her child. 🙁 I couldn’t stand her mother throughout the book. Things start to get even more interesting when she comes back from her trip with Aiden and attempts are being made on her life. Someone wants her out of the picture and it is easy to see who.

Aiden starts to take matters into his own hands to ensure that Cordie is safe and so that he can ensure that what they have together can be long lasting and that nothing happens to her. It gets challenging when she wants to move to Boston and get over him, however, he has a few tricks up his sleeve and tons of help from their friends.

Overall it was a great story line with lots of plot twists and turns. There were plenty of great characters and they were developed wonderfully. It feels like you really know them. The secondary characters (from previous books in the series) also contributed to the story line and make it even more enjoyable.

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

 

 

Racing Savannah Book Review

16045296Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally

Publication Date: December 3, 2013

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Source: Library

Synopsis: They’re from two different worlds.

He lives in the estate house, and she spends most of her time in the stables helping her father train horses. In fact, Savannah has always been much more comfortable around horses than boys. Especially boys like Jack Goodwin—cocky, popular and completely out of her league. She knows the rules: no mixing between the staff and the Goodwin family. But Jack has no such boundaries.

With her dream of becoming a horse jockey, Savannah isn’t exactly one to follow the rules either. She’s not going to let someone tell her a girl isn’t tough enough to race. Sure, it’s dangerous. Then again, so is dating Jack…

Personal Thoughts: All the books that I have by Kenneally have been great (some more than others) to date so when this one came out it was a auto read and it did not disappoint. Savannah and Jack are from two different worlds (the rich and the middle class) yet when she meets him at the stables at this family’s estate she can’t resist. She knows that she is playing with fire, but there is something about Jack that makes it worth the risk.

Jack is the popular, cocky guy who people love and Savannah can’t help but be in the same boat. It doesn’t help that it is against the rules and if they are caught doing anything inappropriate her dad could loose his job. As time passes and they get to know each other better, the forces can’t help but keep throwing them together.

Through a series of events, Savannah will need to make a decision that will change her life and those around her. Will she choose Jack and go with her heart or will she stay away and protect her family’s job and sacrifice the best thing that ever happened to her?

Kenneally does a fabulous job combing high school drama, the daily going ons of life on a horse racing farm and the great characterization of Jack, Savannah, Rory and Vanessa.  A great read overall that will leave you wanting more.

Rating: 4/5 Stars